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Date: 22 May 2017 by max

Finance wars at home

Couples argue, as part of any healthy relationship as way of expressing views and concerns. Few couples are aligned when it comes to money matters. Have you ever had a money argument?

Date: 09 May 2017 by Max Robinson

Napathon

This is no joke. David Lloyd Gyms, Sidcup is running a pilot for a new health and fitness class in which people take a nap for 45 minutes; it’s called “napercise.” We’ve all suffered from a lack of sleep, feeling tired and failing concentration. The NHS claims that 1:3 adults suffer from poor sleep patterns, leading to the risk of medical conditions, including obesity, heart disease and diabetes. Is the solution to take a daytime nap?

Date: 08 May 2017 by Max Robinson

Think flexible working

I’ve spent 57% of my entire life working, the majority as a nine to five full-time worker. In the past 3 years, I have been fortunate enough to work for myself in a flexible way, either in an office or at home. It doesn’t suit everyone, but once tried it’s never forgotten; it’s much better. Have you tried flexible working?

Date: 01 May 2017 by Max Robinson

May day is boiler day

It's a May Day Bank Holiday and far from warm. Last week walking to the station I was wearing a winter coat and gloves due to the cold wind. I thought about the cost of boilers and replacing them, not only for being energy efficient, but also for saving money. Have you thought about replacing your old boiler?

Date: 24 April 2017 by Max Robinson

Labour saving devices are the winner

InsureWithMax has a strapline: “one less worry for you.” With 90% of Mums running a family and juggling a career, they must rely more than ever on labour saving devices. What are your favourite home appliances that saves you time?

Date: 17 April 2017 by Max Robinson

Speak out about stammering

I was the one in 20 young children who went through a phase of stammering. Without help, I grew out of it along with the four in five children who have a stammer. When my sister mentioned that her youngest daughter stuttered, I was reminded of my stammering and the fear of saying certain words out loud. It is surprising how few journalists write about stammering. Does your child stammer?

Date: 10 April 2017 by Max Robinson

Crack the Easter Egg Games

We’ve all taken part in or seen in a traditional Easter egg hunt; but many other Easter games can appeal to every member of the family. Games are great for any family having an Easter party. Let’s resurrect the happy memories of Easter and offer games that appeal to all ages. What are the best Easter games?

Date: 03 April 2017 by Max Robinson

Don’t ignore making a will

A will can prevent heart ache at a rough time. A will isn’t a morbid subject; when it comes to death none of us can predict the future. With a will you can tell everyone what should happen to your money, possessions and property after your death. It’s that simple. Have you made a will?

Date: 27 March 2017 by Max Robinson

The land of rising prices

Inflation is in the news and on the rise, so working Mums need to understand how inflation will affect their family finances. This is how to explain inflation to your children. Before I started work in the insurance industry, I completed a degree in Economics.

Date: 20 March 2017 by Max Robinson

Instead of a diet, think smaller

As a child I was a big eater and ate up the leftovers. Luckily my genetic make-up meant that I was never overweight. Today, many children face waistbands being too tight. Is buying the next size up the best move or is it time to serve smaller portions?

Date: 13 March 2017 by Max Robinson

Sleep like a baby tonight

As a child I was a light sleeper and as we get older we seem to need less sleep. However, we’ve all suffered the indignity of tossing and turning at 1am, knowing that we have to get up early the next day. In the morning your longing for a better night's sleep. What’s to be done?

Date: 01 March 2017 by Max Robinson

Hunting for the optimum work life balance

It feels like experts are selling snake oil, by claiming to be able to improve people’s work life balance. How many of us made a New Year’s resolution to improve our own work life balance? What’s to be done when juggling a busy family and an engaged career?

Date: 27 February 2017 by Max Robinson

Female investment is a game changer

After a my first disastrous foray into property in 1989, I was left with negative equity. This encouraged a new investment strategy in stocks and shares Isa. Oddly, it’s a man thing, as only 10% of women own stocks and shares Isa; compared to 17% of men. But a third of women are the main breadwinner and one-third run their own businesses (alongside raising a family). Why are females’ anti stocks and shares?

Date: 20 February 2017 by Max Robinson

Cut car insurance costs

No prizes for knowing that prices are rising with a 20% hike in petrol costs due to sterling’s 18% fall in value. This means the cost of living is rising fast and to pile on the pressure, car premiums have hit their highest levels, up 9.3% according to the Association of British Insurers. How can you save money on your car insurance?

Date: 13 February 2017 by Max Robinson

Passionate about fitness

Kicking-off a gym membership is easy, but staying motivated is hard. Although I have shunned gyms, I fell in love with cycling in my early 20’s and have continued riding to this day. It’s not perfect in terms of a fitness regime, but I enjoy it. That’s the key to exercise, as my enjoyment has meant covering 45,000 miles (so far). Are you keen on exercise?

Date: 06 February 2017 by Max Robinson

Raise children the Dutch Way

If you think Dutch, then you think canals, tulips, liberal thinking, sexual tolerance and legal hash bars (marijuana). However, Dutch culture is a society of home-loving people who place their children firmly at the centre. Can we learn something new from going Dutch?

Date: 30 January 2017 by Max Robinson

Growing up in a digital world

My childhood was different to the children today, as I wasn't exposed to the internet. Do you agree that children aren’t prepared for what they are signing up to on the internet? According to the Children's Commissioner for England, youngsters are frequently giving personal information away, without understanding the impact. What’s to be done?

Date: 23 January 2017 by Max Robinson

Celebrating 30 years working in insurance

This week in 1987, I started my career in insurance. Although it isn’t a glamorous profession, Britain world would be a darker place without insurance. This post will discuss the Consumer Insurance Act, giving you clarity on what information you need to disclose to your insurer when taking out an insurance policy.

Date: 16 January 2017 by Max Robinson

Money is the root of worry

Christmas is over and you’ve over spent. Sounds familiar. We’ve all done it. The Money Advice Trust, which runs the National Debtline service, said that less than a third of people it surveyed had a budget for Christmas. It added that a third would be borrowing to pay for Christmas. Have you borrowed to pay for the festivities?

Date: 09 January 2017 by Max Robinson

Mental illness is like any other illness

January is mental health month in the UK. My mission is to raise awareness so people talk about it and where necessary seek medical treatment. Mental health is a big issue in my family, as my mother committed suicide, aged 63 and both my brothers have suffered at times from mental illness. Do you know anyone who suffers from mental illness?